I'm hosting a party in two weeks for my husband's birthday. I've invited his family, college friends, work friends, etc. (ended up around 70-80 people.) The party is on a Saturday afternoon, starting at 3:00 (because some people have to drive.) I'm having it catered by a bbq place; they needed a final head count so I told them 45. I've gotten 25 RSVPs...what's so hard about RSVPing?? I already know how horrible his family is at RSVPing, as we just got married last summer and basically were calling every one of his relatives to see if they were coming.
The meal is bbq pulled pork and brisket, with 3 different sides, and we're having dinner roll sized rolls instead of full sandwiches, so we'll get more 'meals' out of the meat. Party is also starting at 3:00, which is between-meal time. I know there will be additional munching, however, especially as the dinner hour approaches. I'm planning on getting stuff for a veggie/dip platter and making a fruit salad, as well as either getting or making cake, and buying additional buns to make sure we don't run out. Do you think I should get additional food as backup? Some of his cousins have reputations of big appetites, but they also have reputations of not staying that long at parties/family gatherings (one of his cousins, who was an usher, didn't come to our wedding reception because he was...get this...going to a demolition derby that occurred at the same time. They're a classy bunch.) If you think I should get more food, are there any suggestions? Meat and cheese tray? Chicken salad? Something? I really don't want to be stuck with 5 bags of leftover chips, but am willing to take that chance as long as nobody goes hungry.
45 was the approximate number if every single person in both our families came, which I know they won't. I have enough beer/soda/bottled water for everyone (if the number is at 45-55) to have 3+ drinks each (and I know not everyone will have 3 or more drinks so I'm hoping that if there are more guests there will be plenty.) Our tap water is pretty grody, even my husband who's not picky about that kind of thing won't drink it, so that's not an option. One of his friends is also notorious for bringing along his own case of beer to events--not that I'm counting on this or anything but am thinking about it a little. I've already spent about $90 on liquid, but do you think I should get more? Or make a bunch of lemonade or something? We're in the upper midwest, so hopefully the weather should be warm but not horridly hot or humid (although it was a record 85 degress on Monday.)
Anyway, this is my first surprise party planning attempt and I'm hoping it'll go off without a hitch! Can anyone offer any more advice? Thanks!